Sunday, 15 May 2011

Ukraine is probing Victory Day violence

The Ukrainian ambassador in Moscow has assured a Russian deputy foreign minister that Ukraine's government is investigating an incident in Lviv on Monday in which Ukrainian nationalists used violence in an attempt to prevent World War II memorial events.

"The Russian side drew the ambassador's attention to the events of May 9 in Lviv, where actions by extremist forces humiliated veterans and people who were celebrating the Day of Victory over fascism. The assault on the representatives of the Russian Federation and the desecration of [Russian] national symbols is absolutely unacceptable," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report on Friday on a telephone conversation between Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko and Deputy Minister Grigory Karasin.

"The Ukrainian side said that Ukrainian specialized governmental bodies had been ordered to investigate the incident. The Russian side would be briefed on the results," the ministry said.

Yelchenko and Karasin also discussed "key issues of bilateral Russian-Ukrainian relations and preparations for forthcoming high-level political contacts."

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